Nothing better sums up Tottenham’s Premier League home record against Manchester United than one of their most memorable encounters 15 years ago.
After the hosts raced into a 3-0 first half lead over the Red Devils in 2001, it only took a few words from Sir Alex Ferguson at the interval to rejuvenate his side, who then scored five unanswered goals in a famous 5-3 victory.
United have remained unbeaten in their 14 visits to White Hart Lane since.
The two sides meet at the Lane on Sunday but events after Ferguson’s departure in 2013 indicate that record may not last much longer.
Spurs finished above United for the first time in the Premier League era as soon as Fergie left, and they have now emerged as genuine title contenders.
Overhauling the seven-point gap to leaders Leicester may be too much this season but Mauricio Pochettino’s men have shown enough to suggest silverware could return to their corner of north London sooner rather than later.
The mental frailties synonymous with Spurs are gradually being eroded.
United’s post-Ferguson ambitions have been limited to races for the top four rather than title tilts, and they sit one point behind Manchester City in fifth.
Louis van Gaal knows that failure to reach the Champions League could see him out of a job.
Back Tottenahm at 19/20 with Betway to push him one step closer to the door.
Spurs have won four of their last six at home, and only the Foxes have a better record on their own patch this term.
Harry Kane’s six goals in his last four league games have seen him become the division’s top scorer. Even with David de Gea in goal, in this kind of form, it’s worth backing Kane at evens with Betway to score anytime.
However, there don’t tend to be many goals in games involving United, with only 10 in their last seven matches.
That leads me to advise selling total goals at 2.4 with Sporting Index.
Tottenham 19/20 (Betway)
Harry Kane to score anytime Evens (Betway)
Sell total goals 2.4 (Sporting Index)